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Mission San Jose

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Address: 6701 San Jose Drive, San Antonio, TX 78214
Phone Number: 210 229 4770
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Getting married
Description: Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five...
Founded in 1720, this Spanish frontier mission, the largest of the five San Antonio missions, is best known for its rose window. On Sundays, this Texas and U.S. National historic site offers a mariachi mass.
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The missions are a must to see, the history the beautiful works of art inside the sanctuaries. This one in particular has an old feel to it but as you enter into the door there is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The missions are a must to see, the history the beautiful works of art inside the sanctuaries. This one in particular has an old feel to it but as you enter into the door there is a wooden cross and if the sun is high and it hits it just right it makes another cross in shade and it's beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Luckily I had done my homework before going here. The visitor's Centre was not well signed from the Mission and we almost missed it. The film was the highlight of our day. The grandchildren were given sticker books which they are still enjoying a week later.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Best of the San Antonio missions and very picturesque. Many use this as the perfect backdrop for family and special occasion photos for a reason: it's fascinating. Definite must see.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Don't plan this as more than a passing trip. Very well cared for and a credit to conservators and staff, but not much to see, took a bus ride from the centre of San Antonio, about 30 minutes saw all I really wanted to inside 1 hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a must visit place for anyone who appreciates wonderful architecture and great history. Take advantage of the Park Service guided tours...they're great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This mission is unique in that much of the entire compound is still intact. You get a real feel for how the mission operated inside the walls. Very well maintained. Theres a introductory movie which is informative if a little overly dramatized and biased. Nice mission to walk around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This mission hasn't been destroyed like the Alamo mission. It is worth seeing while in San Antonio. There is an interesting movie about the mission. The chapel is beautiful, and there is an original gristmill and many brick bread ovens around the mission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was the first time we brought our kids and they loved it. The only bad thing is we got here about 40 minutes before five and they close at five

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Although the Alamo was the 1st mission, this one caught my heart. Information center showed an informative 20min movie that was excellent and a "must do." I purchased the DVD for my grandkids. The Mission volunteer was knowledgeable about the history, property and reference materials.The grounds are well groomed and the mission is an active congregation, with Mass schedule posted.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We arrived just as a tour was starting so we decided to go along. Since we had not been to the area before this trip we found the tour very informative. We visited all the areas and were allowed to ask a lot of questions. The guide also gave us time to wander around each area to look on our... More 

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